road salt can have lasting impact on fresh water heres how to use less and stay safe

Road salt can have lasting impact on fresh water. Here’s how to use less and stay safe.

High chloride levels in freshwater can be toxic to aquatic life, increase the potential for harmful algal blooms, disrupt the ecosystem of a river or lake and seep into groundwater, which can corrode pipes and other infrastructure. In other words, that handful of extra salt you’re throwing onto the sidewalk could eventually, in a different form, damage a fish in a nearby river.  Read the full story by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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